Could pranayama and ekapadasana be an alternative modality in the management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children?

J. S. Akhila

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ADHD is the most commonly studied and diagnosed psychiatric disorder in children, affecting about 3% to 5% of children globally. The symptoms are frequently comingled with learning problems, oppositional conduct, and depression, which altogether compound the family's emotional burden. Mounting controversy over the widespread use of drugs in the management of AttentionDeficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children. and possible life-threatening effects from its long-term use make it imperative that alternative modalities be implemented for ADHD management. Parents and children express desperation for interventions that will work, but without the adverse effects inflicted by the pharmaceutical management model. Research has proved that an effective alternative modality for treating ADHD in otherwise physically and mentally healthy children would be the regular dedicated practice of the ANULOM - VILOM PRANAYAMA PROCEDURE and the EKA PADASANA by the affected child above age 8-9 yrs and her/his parent, because it has been noted that children practice regularly only if accompanied by their guardians. The benefits are seen immediately, but last only until the procedures are practiced. Hence, to maintain the benefits, daily practice is essential. The results therefore depend on the dedication of the parents towards the child's improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3000-3002
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 06-10-2010
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Biochemistry

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